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Top 10 Must-Do Activities in Las Terrenas for First-Time Travelers

Posted by GrindleyImmo on 11 July 2024

Las Terrenas, a hidden gem in the Dominican Republic, a perfect fusion of cultures, breathtaking nature and thrilling activities for any traveler discovering the region for the first time.

Here are the 10 must-do activities you won’t want to miss on your first trip to Las Terrenas, plus bonuses.

  1. Whale watching

An unforgettable experience from January to March, watch the humpback whales in Samaná Bay, who come here every year to reproduce or give birth in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

  1. Relax on Playa Bonita

Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the region, Playa Bonita offers relaxation with its fine sand, coconut palms and bar-restaurants. Perfect for swimming or just sunbathing and enjoying a drink while listening to music.

  1. Excursion to Los Haitises National Park

Explore this marvelous nature reserve by boat for an adventure through ancient caves that bear the imprint of the passage of the Tainos, thick mangroves and rocky islets, reminiscent of Halong Bay in Vietnam. Guided tours offer a glimpse of the local flora and fauna.

  1. Visit the El Limón waterfalls

Take a hike through the rainforest to discover the magnificent 50m-high El Limón waterfall, which plunges into a natural pool for a refreshing dip after a steep hike.

  1. Water sports at Playa Cosón

For adrenaline lovers, Playa Cosón is one of the region’s most beautiful beaches, offering ideal conditions for kite surfing, surfing or paddleboarding. Beginners will find schools where they can take lessons. Don’t miss its unforgettable sunsets.

  1. Visit a coffee or cocoa plantation

The Dominican Republic is famous for its coffee and cocoa. Join a plantation tour to learn how these products are grown and processed for an educational and gourmet experience.

  1. Visit Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island)

Spend a day relaxing on this small island paradise with its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

  1. Quad bike excursion

Explore the area around Las Terrenas on a quad bike for a thrilling adventure off the beaten track.

  1. Nightlife and local culture

Explore the nightlife of Las Terrenas with its many bars and clubs, where live music and dances like merengue and bachata liven up the evenings along with international music.

  1. Diving or snorkeling at Playa Las Ballenas

The clear waters of Playa Las Ballenas are ideal for diving and snorkeling. Discover a vibrant underwater world full of colorful corals and diverse marine life.


  1. Horseback riding on the beach

There’s nothing like a sunset horseback ride along the beach. Several local stables offer tours that take you through the area’s beaches and trails.

  1. Fishermen’s market for fresh fish

Visit the fishermen’s market early in the morning to choose from the day’s catch. This is your chance to sample fresh fish caught by the locals.

  1. Dine on local and international cuisine

Las Terrenas offers an excellent gastronomic scene where Dominican cuisine meets international influences. Be sure to try dishes such as fish in coconut sauce, sancocho, chicharons… or refined French dishes.

  1. Dominican cooking classes

Learn how to prepare typical Dominican dishes with a local chef.

  1. Yoga and well-being

Relax with a yoga session on the beach or in a wellness center.


Each of these activities offers you a window onto the diversity and beauty of Las Terrenas, making your first trip as captivating as it is unforgettable. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, cultural immersion or culinary discovery, Las Terrenas has something for everyone.

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